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ERIC Number: EJ929286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
Mathematics in Chemistry: Indeterminate Forms and Their Meaning
Segurado, Manuel A. P.; Silva, Margarida F. B.; Castro, Rita
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v42 n5 p664-679 2011
The mathematical language and its tools are complementary to the formalism in chemistry, in particular at an advanced level. It is thus crucial, for its understanding, that students acquire a solid knowledge in Calculus and that they know how to apply it. The frequent occurrence of indeterminate forms in multiple areas, particularly in Physical Chemistry, justifies the need to properly understand the limiting process in such cases. This article emphasizes the importance of the L'Hopital's rule as a practical tool, although often neglected, to obtain the more common indeterminate limits, through the use of some specific examples as the radioactive decay, spectrophotometric error, Planck's radiation law, second-order kinetics, or consecutive reactions. (Contains 4 notes and 7 figures.)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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